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Les Paul Honored On Google Homepage

June 9, 2011
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Very cool.

Steve and Johnnie from the late-night WGN airwaves, who knew and loved Les Paul, will smile over the news that the musical master born in Wisconsin was honored by Google on what would have been his 96th birthday.

Today, Google’s home page has one of the most interactive Google Doodles to date. In celebration of Les Paul’s 96th birthday, Google’s home page sports an interactive guitar version of its logo.

There has been an outpouring of exuberant reactions to the latest doodle. Many have been aimlessly strumming while others have figured out how to play a number of songs.

You can strum away until the day’s end, or you can record yourself playing a tune. Of course, the recording function only allows for thirty second clips, but that’s not too big of a hurdle.

The Doodle works two ways. You can either move your cursor over it to strum the notes, or you can use your keyboard to play them. It’s important to note that Google Instant should be turned off as any key press would be put straight into the search field.

A quick Google search will yield many people that have put together keystroke combinations to play a number of famous songs. PCMag Creative Director Chris Phillips, who also happens to be a musician, has successfully put together the opening to “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.

Read more here.

One Comment
  1. Dimple permalink
    June 21, 2011 2:53 PM

    The guitar was amazing on the google website and was made so beautifully that the song touched my bonery metal.

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